Russia’s corporate armies may be on the way back

StratRisks, 18.6.2013.

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Russia’s lower house, the State Duma, has passed in the first reading a bill that allows state energy corporations Gazprom and Transneft to maintain extensive armed security forces. This reflects a steady rollback of previous efforts to cut down on the proliferation of private security forces in Russia but may also reflect an interest in moving into the global private military services industry.

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7 'new' suspects in Drenica Group Case

Koha.net, 13.6.2013.

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Seven former KLA members from the former Drenica Operating zone were invited today by the EULEX pretrial judges, suspected of war crimes. Among them is also the current mayor of Gllogovc/Drenas Nexhat Demaku and his brother - Kosovo Parliament member Fadil Demaku.

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Murderers are being allowed to go free

BT, 13.6.2013.

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In a confidential letter, a Danish judge serving on the UN tribunal in The Hague criticises the tribunal for allowing senior Yugoslav officers accused of war crimes to go free.

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Taksim and the Left

Kemal Derviş, Project Syndicate, 10.6.2013.

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ISTANBUL – The small park in Taksim Square in the sprawling metropolis of Istanbul is one of the few green spaces left in the city center. On May 28, a handful of Turkish environmentalists started a peaceful protest against a redevelopment plan for the park that would replace the greenery with a replica of an Ottoman-era army barracks, a shopping mall, and apartments. But heavy-handed police repression launched a massive civic movement that has spread to the entire country.

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In Taksim Square, Where Are The Kurds?

The New Yorker, 11.6.2013.

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One evening last week, just before six, members of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (B.D.P.) gathered in front of the high iron gates of Galatasaray High School, in Istanbul. They planned to march to Taksim Square, about half a mile away, where they would join a mass of protesters. In the square, a range of groups have joined together against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and their political and ideological diversity has been held as evidence of Erdoğan’s sweeping unpopularity. But, with some notable exceptions, Kurds, usually Turkey’s most robust anti-government protesters, had been absent.

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